After School is teaming up with partner #ICANHELP (icanhelpdeletenegativity.org) to launch a live Twitter chat (#teensandsocial) on April 3 at 6 PM Central, 4 PM Pacific. Teens, social media companies, parents, teachers, and subject matter experts are all invited and encouraged to participate.
The idea started with a set of questions that were sent to #ICANHELP’s teen interns. The internship program assists students in bringing digital citizenship and online kindness to their networks and schools.
The teens were asked the following questions:
- What is the biggest problem you face in regards to social media?
- What do companies need to improve with social media and why?
- How can teens be better digital citizens?
- What do you do to keep things positive online?
- What are things about social media your parents don’t know about?
- How do you feel about anonymous social networks and why? Are there benefits to being anonymous?
- How do you manage the time you spend online?
- Anything else you’d like to add?
“We were impressed but not surprised by the teen’s thoughtful responses about how they both manage their time spent on social media and also use social media to spread kindness,” says After School Vice President Jeff Collins. The students’ responses inspired the questions that will be asked during the live Twitter chat on April 3. Their responses will also be featured in a series of blog posts on the After School blog.
Questions asked during the upcoming live chat will include:
- Question 1: How should a social media user approach responding to a rude or mean post?
- Question 2: What should parents know about their teen’s social media use? In what areas should they stay out of?
- Question 3: How can parents stay up to date with what their children are doing on social media?
- Question 4: Do you feel that you always have to be perfect and carefully manage your online image? Why or why not, and if so, why is this important? What are the consequences of not doing so?
- Question 5: What could help you or others avoid feeling like you have to constantly compare yourself to others or meet some sort of unrealistic standard?
- Question 6: (Poll) Do you set screen time limits or track your screen time on your phone? Why or why not?
- Question 7: Is it important to track time spent on social media? Why or why not?
- Question 8: Other than tracking screen time, in what ways can teens manage the amount of time spent on social media?
- Question 9: Any final tips for teens when it comes to social media?
After School invites you to participate as a featured participant in the chat. Learn more and join us by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org.